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A 27-year-old female asked:

i will be getting permanent eyeliner makeup on my eyes. she said to take benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin to prevent tearing & swelling. can i use allegra instead?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Don't see how: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin would not do anything for the inflammation from being tattooed. Perhaps it is just a myth. Allegra in fact is a more potent antihistamine than Claritin.

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4 months ago I had total knee replacements(both) and I still have swelling, burning, sharp needle like pains is this normal? What are the signs if one is allergic to the metal in the knee replacement (both)

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